FINDLAY, Ohio – Lake Erie played a strong first half, but the road Storm were cut down by the Findlay Oilers, 73-60, in Saturday-afternoon Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
Fresh off an impressive 62-54 win at Hillsdale (Mich.) on Thursday, the Green & White looked to be in solid position to win their second straight road game. But Findlay (7-8, 5-7 GLIAC) rebounded with a dominant second half to earn the victory.
Lake Erie got 13 points from Chrissy Delaney and 15 from Jackie Murray, but the Storm (7-11, 2-10) couldn't overcome an early-second-half 21-8 run by the Oilers. LEC shot 32.8 percent (20-of-61) for the game but stayed in the contest on the strength of nine 3-pointers, the most by the Storm in a single game since Dec. 5.
Lake Erie did not score over the first four minutes of the game, but strong defense kept the Storm in the game. Over the first eight minutes of play, the Storm and Oilers split 24 points evenly between them. LEC led, 15-14, at the midpoint of the first half.
The two sides then traded baskets until the latter stages of the period when back-to-back Sami Narducci threes lifted the Storm to a 28-22 lead. Those two 3-pointers were part of a solid attack from beyond the arc for the Storm – LEC went 8-of-13 from distance in the first half. Junior guard Jackie Murray hit three of those eight treys; she went into halftime with nine points next to her name in the scorebook. Lake Erie edged Findlay, 36-35, on the Croy Gymnasium scoreboard.
For the Green & White, the 36 points marked the team's most in a first half since Jan. 4.
Like they had in the first, the Storm got off to a slow start in the second half. The Oilers went on a 10-2 run to start the second, and that stretch was part of the home five opening up a 56-44 lead by the 10-minute mark.
The Storm went just 4-for-their-first-20 from the floor in the second. They didn't score their 10th point of the half until the 7:18-mark. After the initial run by the Oilers, LEC would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
Findlay shot 44 percent (24-of-55) for the game, and UF out-rebounded Lake Erie, 46-34. Margaret Wuebker went 7-of-8 from the field and scored 17 points. She also logged a game-high 11 rebounds.
For the Storm, Murray recorded her 15 points on four treys, a 2-pointer and one free throw. Delaney added five rebounds to her 13-point afternoon. Chloe Irish added eight points and six rebounds. Brianna Shagovac added seven points and four assists.
Lake Erie's next game will be on Thursday, when the Green & White host Tiffin (6 p.m. tip).
Notes: LEC was a minus-12 in rebounding margin. The Storm has now been on the minus side of the rebound ledger in six straight games. … Lake Erie had 13 steals in the game, its second-most in a single game this season. … The Storm have now drained 23 treys over their last three games. … Jacke Murray has scored 47 points over LEC's last three games.
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